The Magic of New Orleans: SPGAmex 35K Starpoint Challenge


NOLADo you want to travel more and get paid in points towards more trips?

You do not need magic to make this dream come true just sign up for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. Until March 30, 2016, SPG Amex is offering a sign-up bonus of 35,000 Starpoints after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first three months. I love my  card and all of the benefits available. 

LE MeridienCard Members are treated like royalty at Starwood Properties and I was challenged to use 35,000 Starpoints to book two nights at Le Meridien in New Orleans. My college roommate and I enjoyed incredible assistance from the entire concierge team who helped us select meals at Herbsaint, Luke and La Petite Grocery. Each restaurant was unique, fantastic and run by a James Beard Foundation winner or Top Chef! I also earned Starpoints towards my next adventure by paying with my SPG Amex card. 

riverwalkOur breakfast at LMNO at Le Meridien, drinks at Longitude 90 at Le Meridien with one of the best burgers ever, and buffet breakfast at the Westin New Orleans Canal Place were delicious, nutritious and earned me double points because I used my SPG Amex to  pay at Starwood Properties! With SPG Amex, you can earn points  quickly and turn them into complimentary nights on your next vacation. You can use your Starpoints at over 1,100 Starwood properties and towards flights on 30 frequent flyer programs, all with no blackout dates.

garden district nolaWondering if this is too good to be true? 35,000 Starpoints can bring you: two complimentary nights at a Category 5 hotel, from domestic properties, like The Westin Austin Downtown and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Hawaii, to international ones, like The Westin Palace in Madrid to The St. Regis Beijing.

Did you sign up yet? Do not miss out on this limited time offer, take advantage and make your travel dreams into a reality. 

SPGAmex Card ArtMy trip to New Orleans with Starpoints was incredible. It was easy to walk to see the floats at Mardi Gras World from my centrally located hotel. The St. Joseph’s Italian day parade was amazing to see and close to where we were staying. Literally around the corner from my hotel, a butterfly landed on my hand at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. I was able to check on times and locations easily with complimentary in-room premium Internet.

I am already selecting where I will use my Starpoints next! How would you use 35K Starpoints to plan a vacation?

Editor’s Note: While I received 35,000 Starpoints from American Express to talk about the incredible limited time offer for Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express, all opinions expressed are my own.

Read more of Lisa’s New Orleans Adventures:

Part One What to Do, Part Two Where to Stay and Part Three What to Eat.
Lisa Niver loved New Orleans! Photo by Amy Martin from Flytographer

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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